Embrace Life With a Stronger Heart
You aren’t alone: About 5.7 million Americans live with heart failure. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people age 65 and older go to the hospital.
While there is no cure, the good news is that, in some cases, you can reverse heart failure damage. But it’s still a serious condition.
With the right medical treatment, medications and lifestyle changes, you can live a full life after being diagnosed with heart failure. And it’s our goal to help you do just that.
Treatments for Heart Failure
The best heart failure treatments usually involve a combination of medication, healthy lifestyle changes and other adjustments that can improve your everyday life.
- Cardiac Rehab
- Lifestyle Factors
- Medications for Heart Failure
Devices and Surgical Procedures for Serious Heart Issues
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
CRT involves a special pacemaker that helps control your heart’s contractions. It might be recommended if your heart’s electrical signals are off, which changes how it normally beats.
Heart Transplant Surgery
For severe, progressive heart failure, a heart transplant might be the best option. This procedure replaces your heart with a healthier heart from a donor.
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
If you have serious arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), a defibrillator can help. It’s a device that is surgically placed to keep your heart on pace when a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm is detected.
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
If you’re waiting on a transplant, your doctor may recommend an LVAD. It’s a surgically implantable, portable device that can temporarily help weakened ventricles by keeping your heart pumping.
Ongoing Care for Heart Failure
Once you’re diagnosed with heart failure, be proactive about monitoring your symptoms. If you feel any changes in your health, see your doctor.
Contact your doctor right away if you experience:
- Changes in physical abilities
- Chest pain
- Confusion, dizziness or lightheadedness
- Coughing up mucus
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever or flu
- Gaining more than three pounds within days
- Swelling in your feet, ankles or other parts of your body